Review: The Ballad of Johnny Longstaff at York Theatre Royal

Hailed as a ‘new and unique piece of modern Folk Theatre’ The Ballad of Johnny Longstaff celebrates working-class activism. It is a true story of the struggle against poverty and unemployment beginning in Stockton on Tees but reflects the history of all the country and the suffering felt by those involved in the depression. The tale tells of Hunger marches, the mass Trespass Movement and the battle of Cable Street against Mosley and the British fascists. Johnny Longstaff is the working-class hero of the times and through his personal experiences, gives a terrific insight into the reality of Britain before the Second World War.

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Review: The Midnight Bell at York Theatre Royal

It is a real treat to see Matthew Bourne’s latest production of contemporary dance and I anticipated it with excitement.  Described as ‘intoxicated tales from darkest Soho’ and inspired by the novels of Patrick Hamilton it is a multi-layered glimpse of London’s underworld of the 1930s, set in a public house named The Midnight Bell.

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Review: Mugabe, My Dad & Me at York Theatre Royal

I had no preconceptions of this play which is premiering at York theatre Royal from 9 to 18 September. Maybe it would be a resume of what happened in Zimbabwe from 1980, until Mugabe’s fall from power  in 2017? In fact, it turned out to be a young man’s search for identity which began in a London bar when he was asked: ‘Where do you come from?’

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